I’m struggling with whether I need to add a warning label or spoiler alert to the beginning of RED IS THE NEW GRAY, MAGGIE SLOAN MYSTERY SERIES, BOOK 2.
For anyone who has read I ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A SPY, BOOK 1, you know about Maggie and her men and her heartbreak.
It is possible for a new reader to read RED IS THE NEW GRAY, BOOK 2, without having read BOOK 1 because the men and other characters from BOOK 1 are introduced.
HOWEVER, the dilemma is that BOOK 2 of course also mentions Maggie’s heartbreak from BOOK 1. THAT’S a spoiler! Do I add a warning label to the beginning of BOOK 2?
WARNING: READING BOOK 2 WITHOUT READING BOOK 1 FIRST IS HAZARDOUS TO YOUR READING ENJOYMENT.
WARNING: DO NOT PROCEED WITH READING BOOK 2 UNTIL YOU HAVE READ BOOK 1. WE DON’T CARE IF BOOK 2 WAS FREE. GO READ BOOK 1.
SPOILER ALERT: DO NOT READ BOOK 2 UNTIL YOU READ BOOK 1. ANGRY READERS MAKE CRANKY REVIEWERS.
My Author’s Goal in 2018 was to publish a book. I published two. Time to up my game in 2019, so I did.
Danger in the Clouds
Published January 2019
Florida Authors and Publishers Association President’s Award
I Always Wanted To Be A Spy
Published February 2019
New Apple Literary Award – Excellence in Publishing
Sweet Deal Concealed
Donut Lady Mystery Series Book 2
Published March 2019
Florida Writers Association Award
Sweet Deal Revealed
Donut Lady Mystery Series, Book 3
Published July 2019
In 2019, I published four books and won three awards. Time to up my game.
OCTOBER 10 is International SPY DAY. From the first Tuxedo worn to a dinner party held in Tuxedo, NY in 1886 to the Premier release of From Russia with Love in London in 1963, OCTOBER 10 has had special significance in the World of Spies.
OCTOBER 10, 2019 ~ I ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A SPY begins DAY 1 of 5 days FREE on Amazon. Doesn’t that make the chills creep up your spine until the hairs on your neck tingle? Read A Maggie Sloan Thriller. And hold on for the fast-paced action.
OCTOBER 10 – 14 Grab your copy to read while it is FREE. (Tell the others.)
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An Unexpectedly Unique Heroine
30 July 2019
Maggie Sloan always knew that she wanted to be a spy. She is unusual, almost emotionless. More than just a loner, she separates herself from the world, looking in at it, observing everything, making copious notes and filing them away, but not truly engaging with other people. This in an adult would be odd enough, but Maggie has been this way since a child. But do not pity her, because Maggie has grown up happily enough. We see snapshots of her early life – an absent father and over-protective mother – which seem to be filled with trivial episodes, yet like an expert quilt-maker, Judith A. Barrett creates an image of this character which is so strong, that she is far more flesh and blood in this, her first book, than many others become through a whole series. And I truly hope that this is the beginning of a series, because I want to spend a lot more time with Maggie. There is death and betrayal along the way to Maggie connecting with other people, but the delight she finds as she learns to live: to cook, colour-coordinate (she was always in first black, then grey shades), open up to love, learn fighting and weapon skills and ultimately put everything she ever learned into practice, is truly affecting. Oh, and she sees imaginary people – a side-effect of a medical procedure – which is presented so matter-of-factly that no one can question their existence. Maggie will haunt you long after you put the book down.
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Have you read I ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A SPY? Maggie Sloan Thriller, Book 2 is in the works!
Amazon updates the Best Sellers hourly, so it might not be there unless you look NOW, but still. SWOON!!
TJ, who will be six years old in July, is very particular about Sadie touching his feet or his tail. He grouses with a growl, but Sadie doesn’t move because she’s comfortable and probably doesn’t hear him anyway. She’s going on fourteen and pretty much deaf. He moves.
TJ loves his Sadie pillow. It’s not unusual for him to flop next to her or even put his head on her back to relax. Sadie doesn’t care. She’s a hugger herself so she understands.
If you’re not a hugger, you probably understand TJ. If you’re a hugger, you certainly understand Sadie.
TJ and Sadie are Rescue Dogs. The best kind, of course. Sadie is a German Wire Haired Pointer mix. She was my model for Lucy in I ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A SPY.
TJ is a Black and Tan Labrador with a smattering of German Shepherd. He was my model for Colonel in the DONUT LADY MYSTERY SERIES.
MAGGIE SLOAN’s lifelong dream to be a spy began when she was four years old and already a focused, self-trained spy. After college, Maggie’s job searches are futile despite her willingness to consider diverse employment opportunities, until the county library system hires her as a librarian.
When Maggie’s brilliant observational talents and her potential to expose complex criminal activity draw the attention of an international ring, she becomes their target. However, a senseless murder changes her life forever, and MAGGIE transforms from prey to predator.
Will the librarian with the soul of a spy and the unusual security team stop the desperate kingpins or will she become the latest victim? It all comes down to kill or be killed.
If you love Maggie’s story, leave a review, especially if you are interested in reading another MAGGIE SLOAN adventure!
Have you ever heard an author say, “My first draft is my worst.” It’s true for me. And this is what it looks like. Can you kind of see where I was going with that first draft?
Watch for I ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A SPY to be published February 9 on Amazon. It’s Editor-Approved.